“Today’s veto by Governor Hochul of my bill to extend a supplement to help the underpaid, hardworking men and women of Stewart International Airport pay for their healthcare premiums is shameful. As the one and only Port Authority airport not covered by this benefit in the Health Terminals Act – the very issue my legislation sought to address – workers at Stewart Airport have been deprived of the respect they deserve.
“With the stroke of a pen, Governor Hochul – following in the footsteps of her predecessor – has once again stripped these workers of necessary support in their workplace. That’s one hell of a holiday present.
“After toiling day in and day out on the front lines throughout the pandemic, airport employees deserve, at bare minimum, a living wage and health coverage. Instead, New York is offering them another year of workplace anxiety.
“With this veto, Governor Hochul told the Hudson Valley we aren’t equals with New York City where JFK and LaGuardia are covered by this law. We deserve better.”